New York-via-Seattle artist Rafael Anton Irisarri brought understated dance music into the realm of ambient on his 2008 debut album as The Sight Below. 10 years later, ‘Glider’ has been remastered and reissued along with a cassette, ‘Glider 10: Reworks,’ of eight incredible reworks from Irisarri’s peers. You can take a listen to the Biosphere remix of The Sunset Passage via YouTube below.
From electronic music pioneers like Biosphere to Slowdive’s Simon Scott to Swedish techno auteur Acronym, each of the eight producers on ‘Glider 10: Reworks’ brings a unique perspective to the source material. Composer Benoît Pioulard, a frequent collaborator with Irisarri, adds a new density and wistful pathos to the once sparse Further Away. In the hands of Spanish ambient artist Warmth, the calming pulse of A Fractured Smile is inverted to a swirling bath of texture and light. Pop Ambient veterans Leandro Fresco and Markus Guentner both distill their reworks (Without Motion and Dour) into pure ethereal bliss. The two versions of ‘Glider”s opening track, At First Touch, range from Yagya’s immersive techno vista to an all but indiscernible mirage by Simon Scott. No matter the approach, the eight reworks featured here feel wholly contained in the singular ecosystem The Sight Below crafted 10 years ago.
When ‘Glider’ was first released, it felt like a natural phenomenon captured and recreated with sheets of astral guitar and electronic whispers. The album is part of a long continuum of ambient-inspired musicians pushing at the edges of Brian Eno’s iconic idea, incorporating elements of drone, minimalism, shoegaze, and techno with transformative effects. Since then, Irisarri has carved an alternate sonic path with a string of beloved releases under his given name as well as founding the Black Knoll Studio, where he’s worked with the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tycho, Steve Hauschildt, Julianna Barwick, Grouper, and more.
‘Glider 10’ tracklist
01. At First Touch
02. Without Motion
03. Life’s Fading Light
04. The Sunset Passage
05. Already There
06. Further Away
08. A Fractured Smile
‘Glider 10: Reworks’ tracklist
01. At First Touch (Simon Scott Remix)
02. Further Away (Benoît Pioulard Rework)
03. Without Motion (Leandro Fresco remix)
04. A Fractured Smile (Warmth Remix)
05. Dour (Markus Guentner Remix)
06. At First Touch (Yagya Rework)
07. The Sunset Passage (Biosphere Remix)
08. Life’s Fading Light (Acronym Retouch)